Jagjit Singh, the legendary ghazal singer, would be proud today that the music that is currently scaling the charts all around is a construct of the songs which draw their inspiration from the classical or rusty Indian folk base. Be it the 'Chooza Chu Chu Karta Hai', from ISHAQZAADE, or 'Pallu Ke Neeche Chupa Ke Rakha Hai' from ROWDY RATHORE or the 'O Womaniya' from GANGS OF WASSEYPUR or for that matter, 'Chalao Na Naino Se Baan Re' from BOL BACHCHAN all these songs have drawn heavily from the classical rich folk base that our music is endowed with. After all, how long can one continue to hear and rely on the synthetic music, which relied more on mixing the sounds rather than producing original scores that could be a treat to an eye. No wonder one of the most prominent exponents of classical music Pandit Channu Lal Mishra, had commented about fusion music as being music that created confusion rather than fusion.
The subtle change in the Hindi film music could also be a by-product of the films being adopted from South India in a big way. As the South Indian films have a native flavor, and the lead characters are those who are seeped in reality it sort of triggered the chain reaction to compose music having a rustic flavor. DABANGG took the lead in this direction and it spread like viral and now each and every film that is coming up for viewing, has in one form or the other a song that has an element of raunch, tease and relies on the folk music to create the feeling of earthiness. Each node of music that is being composed has a flavor of its own and though it has injected an element of subtle on screen suggestiveness associated with raunch, the overall effect is positive for Hindi cinema music.
No wonder that even a modern film or an up market film like COCKTAIL has tried to ride on the bandwagon of the new trend in Hindi music with the song, 'Tumhi Ho Bandhu Sakha Tumhi Ho', which has given the song a distinct flavor of its own. Even a Himesh Reshammiya has moved down the octaves and adapted his voice to sing a lilting number 'Chalao Na Naino Se Baan Re' in BOL BACHCHAN. As Himesh has not gone to a higher pitch the nasal node that used to dominate the rendition has been put on leash and the result is a wonderfully peppy song.
One would have to make special mention of GANGS OF WASSEYPUR as nearly all the songs of the film have a rustic touch and it is for the first time that Manoj Bajpai has also crooned a song, as he must have felt confident to sing in his native tongue, Bhojpuri. For some the lyrics of GANGS OF WASSEYPUR may be overboard but they have an element of earthiness and sexiness as well. After all folk is the celebration of human forms that god has created man and a woman and ways to bring them into unison. Let the music of this kind prevail and continue to spread bonhomie.